Thoughts on Forsaken

The Demon Trappers #1
by Jana Oliver
Known in the U.S. as ”The Demon Trapper’s Daughter”
First published in 2011

Riley has always wanted to be a Demon Trapper like her father, and she’s already following in his footsteps as one of the best. But it’s tough being the only girl in an all-guy world, especially when three of those guys start making her life more complicated.

Simon, the angelic apprentice who has heaven on his side; Beck, the tough trapper who thinks he’s God’s gift, and Ori, the strikingly sexy stranger who keeps turning up to save her life.

One thing’s for sure – if she doesn’t keep her wits about her there’ll be hell to pay.

First off, you need to know that the synopsis is totally misleading (I wonder if it was only on the copy I read, ’cause the ones on GoodReads sound a lot better). It makes the book sound like it focuses on romance and some sort of love square, so to speak. I’m surprised they didn’t throw a couple more of the guy characters in there. So, let me clarify: It’s not tough for Riley to be the only girl because she can’t decide which guy she wants to be with – it’s tough because many of the other trappers believe a girl shouldn’t even be taught the profession.

This book is about Riley and her relationship with her father, about her growing up and learning the profession she wants to practice, of being tough when faced with adversity and doubt. About a world of demon trappers and necromancers, angels and demons, masters and apprentices. There was a lot going on and the book left me wanting to know more.

The main character Riley was more likable than many other YA heroines that I’ve come across. Riley actually apologized when she said something hurtful, and if there was something she wanted to know, she asked. It was refreshing. Now, she could be dense and did get things wrong, so she isn’t perfect. There were also lots of other characters whom I liked or who intrigued me.

I really enjoyed reading Forsaken and will definitely pick up the second volume in the Demon Trappers series. I want to know what happens next to Riley, and who is behind everything that was going on in the first book.

By the way, does anyone know why the different titles for the book in the U.S and the U.K? I have to say that I prefer Demon Trapper’s Daughter, it sounds so much cooler.

Favorite character: Simon. It’s refreshing to see a nice and polite male YA character for a change.